Saturday, July 17, 2004

Civil War: Ashley J. Fraizer, POW 1864


u.s. steamer john raine
august 6th 1864

miss burgess your note of july 20th is just received and i will answer it without delay. Ashley j. Fraizer was taken prisoner on the night of march 4, 1864. We have heard from him several times since his capture. There are seven of the company with him. The last we heard from them they were in georgia, three of the number that were captured where he was have been exchanged and are now in the company. The last time we heard from him he was well which was about june 25th. I expect he will be exchanged soon at least the rebel authorities promised to exchange the marine prisoners at the next exchange in this dept. Please never make any excuses for writing me in the future relative to him or any other member of my company. For i feel it is a duty and with pleasure give any information to friends relating to any member of the company. I am respectfully yours f.v.decosten ----co d com m.m.b.

Notes: i assume this letter was sent to lydia burgess parker from the commanding officer of the company that her cousin ashley j. Frazier belinged.

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